Nuremberg to get first German driverless U-Bahn

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6 December 2006, Nuremberg, Germany (dpa) - Germany's first fully automated driverless metro train system is due to come into operation at the beginning of 2008, following a successful trial, officials said Wednesday. Almost a month of tests were completed successfully in the southern city of Nuremberg on Tuesday evening, city planners said. The system is unique because it combines a conventional metro line with a fully automatic driverless operation, said Georg Trummer, the engineer in charge of the proje

6 December 2006

Nuremberg, Germany (dpa) - Germany's first fully automated driverless metro train system is due to come into operation at the beginning of 2008, following a successful trial, officials said Wednesday.

Almost a month of tests were completed successfully in the southern city of Nuremberg on Tuesday evening, city planners said.

The system is unique because it combines a conventional metro line with a fully automatic driverless operation, said Georg Trummer, the engineer in charge of the project.

Cities like London, Paris and Hong Kong had expressed an interest in converting parts of their metro systems to automatic operations, according to Nuremberg Transport Association (VAG) technical director Rainer Mueller.

VAG expects the 600 million euros (800 million dollars) system to result in job savings, increase punctuality and allow for a more flexible service pattern.

During the just-completed tests, the driverless trains used part of the U2 metro line serviced by conventional subway trains with drivers.

A further three-month test run of the Siemens-designed system is scheduled for October 2007 before its phased introduction starting in January 2008.

DPA

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